At the heart of our food community is a multi-stakeholder cooperative composed of workers on our farm, regional producers and consumers. Each member group plays a different role in the cooperative.
Worker-members: The workers represent employees at our farm that oversee all on-site operations ranging from planting the fields and raising livestock to processing and sales.
Regional producers: Regional producers include independent farmers and food artisans that sell through our cooperative brand.
Consumers: Last but not least, consumers purchase our product and subscribe to our CSA. By making the choice to eat locally, our customers do more than just financially support us--they join us in fostering a transparent, just and lasting food community.
We are committed to this type of ownership structure because it promotes fair wages and prices, democratic decision-making and a communal investment in what we eat. Each member that purchases a share in the cooperative has an equal voice in its management. Our member groups converge through our governing Board of Directors, which consists of representatives from each stakeholder group. The board guides the overall direction of our cooperative based on the ideas and opinions of its members. Together, the players in our cooperative form a network that redefines the food system, sharing the pleasure and value of homegrown meals with a larger community.
Our member-elected Board currently consists of four directors. The Board meets at 4:30 pm on the second Monday of each month and all members of the Cooperative are welcome to attend. Meetings are held at the on-farm grocery. Please click here to view minutes of past meetings and the agenda for the upcoming meeting.
In the Fall of 2010, we gathered a team of design professionals to help formulate our vision and apply a multifaceted design sensibility to all aspects of the project -- from the design of the physical landscape, production systems, and built environment, to legal and social structures. This team of designers has been an integral part of our development and, as their collective vision is realized and put into practice, their level of involvement continues to ebb and flow as needed:
JENNY PELL Jenny is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator, with many years experience in natural building, design, and community living. She has been a part of the Community by Design effort from day one and has helped craft every aspect of the vision. Jenny’s belief is that permaculture is one of the most common-sense and creative approaches to designing human settlements in any time, but especially now. www.permaculturenow.com
DOUG BULLOCK Doug and his brothers, Sam, Joe, and their extensive families (the Bullock clan) have designed and developed what has been described as the best example of Permaculture in North America. The family homestead on Orcas Island hosts an annual 3-week design course each summer, and accepts 10 - 15 qualified interns each year. Doug has extensive experience in all aspects of permaculture design and installation, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of plants from around the world. www.permacultureportal.com
JOSH VOLK Trained as a mechanical engineer, Josh became interested in farming while in college. He has been farming for over 15 years and has worked on farms of all scales and sizes across the country. He has been a part of our design team from the beginning and was so impressed by the project that he decided to incorporate his four-year-old Slow Hand Farm CSA into Our Table Cooperative. He spent two years with us as the Manager of Annuals Production and now continues in a consultant role, still delivering our CSA shares by cargo bike into Portland. Aside from his work at Our Table, Josh operates a small farm consulting business under the name Slow Hand Farm, teaches workshops on all aspects of vegetable production, and writes articles for Growing for Market, a national publication for market growers.
NITA WILTON Nita lives on a 180+ acre farm near the Columbia River Gorge that has been in her family since 1881. She possesses a wealth of knowledge on all things related to livestock, animal husbandry and homesteading. Nita maintains a delightfully informative blog at matronofhusbandry.wordpress.com
MARK LAKEMAN Mark is a creative, urban place-maker in his commitment to the emergence of a thriving and sustainable cultural landscape. He seeks to make every design project one which will further the development of a community vision, whether it involves urban design and place making, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services. Mark's leadership in Communitecture, and its non profit affiliate The City Repair Project, has benefited communities across the North American continent. www.communitecture.net
DAVE BOEHNLEIN Dave received his B.S. in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota. He learned about permaculture and tropical agroforestry systems in the rainforests of Central America and, in addition to running a permaculture design and consultancy firm, acts as the education director at the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. www.terraphoenixdesign.com
CHUCK DIMOND Chuck has extensive experience in Oregon media, government and politics. Attracted by the hope this project offers, Chuck has and continues to be an invaluable asset to developing the branding and imaging of the concept.
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